Who Needs To Jailbreak iOS 6.1.3? Saurik “Jailbreaks” (Roots) Google Glass – Jailbreaking: the process of achieving root access on a device to install third-party software modifications that would otherwise be restricted. Typically, when individuals think of jailbreaking, they immediately assuming that the term is exclusive to iOS and Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models, however that’s not the case. Furthermore, the term jailbreak extends far beyond iOS 6 and Apple’s latest 6.1.3 firmware, which we’ve discussed at length in the past few weeks on Evasion Jailbreak 6.1.3 Tutorials. If jailbreaking is simply defined as the process of achieving root access and “freeing” your device from restrictions and limitations, then “jailbreaking” can also be used as a synonym for rooting an Android device. So how about Google Glass? Where will the forthcoming device fall in the world of hacking and jailbreaking?
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For those of our readers who aren’t familiar with the new technology, Google Glass is an upcoming product from Google that’s set to revolutionize the way we interact with the digital world. Through interfacing with smartphones, the post-PC device is capable of accomplishing simple tasks such as responding to messages, finding the answers to various questions and getting directions – all at a glance and without physically interfacing with a device. Although we could spend the entire article discussing Google Glass in a more in-depth manner, that’s not why we’re here.
Set to go on sale to the general public later this year, Google has already opened Glass up to a very select number of developers who placed reservations at Google I/O 2012 and those who were accepted through the companies #ifihadglass application process. In the conquest of hacking and mobile software development Saurik, or Jay Freeman (the genius behind Cydia for jailbroken iOS devices), has taken it upon himself to develop the first “jailbreak” for Glass, which is powered by a modified version of pure Android developed by Google.
Upon receiving his pre-release Glass unit, Saurik immediately stated tinkering with the device: enabling adb (Android Debugging tool) through the device’s Settings menu during the personalized orientation from two “Glass Guides” employees that were instructed to help early developers grasp the concept of Glass and walk them through interfacing with Glass. At this point, through research and further tampering, Saurik came across an exploit for Android that could potentially lead to root access on any Android device that runs 4.0.x (Glass is powered by Android 4.0.4).
After learning about a previously discovered exploit, Saurik went to work and was able to successfully achieve root access on Glass, using only the Android SDK, the payload exploit that functions with an adb restore and su (SuperUser). For the sake of simplicity, we won’t go in-depth on the process in this article – if you’re interested in the steps Saurik took to root Google Glass, we recommend reading his extraordinarily lengthy article.
Although this isn’t the typical jailbreak news we report on here at Evasion Jailbreak, it’s undeniably interesting and it makes us excited for the future of mobile device hacking. What are your thoughts on Glass and jailbreaking gadgets that aren’t powered by Apple’s iOS, namely Android devices? We’d love to hear what you think in the comment section.
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